'We have to adapt' - Guardiola plays down Wembley pitch concerns

Pep Guardiola has revealed he rushed to Manchester Arena after hearing his wife and daughters were caught up in last year's terror attack

It looks likely that Spurs' first game at their new permanent home will be against Manchester United, with their first game of 2019 being away to Cardiff City on New Year's Day. "But it's the best start ever for the club in the Premier League".

Carragher wrote in the Telegraph: "There is much to encourage with Gareth Southgate's work with England, but it has still never been more hard for an Englishman to get a top six job", the former Liverpool defender said.

Taking over relegation-threatened Espanyol on the other side of town in January 2009, Pochettino's first game in charge was a daunting Copa del Rey quarter-final against Guardiola's Barca.

Despite an underwhelming Champions League campaign to date, Spurs have been similarly impressive domestically this term and victory at England's national stadium would see them leapfrog City in the standings.

"My admiration for Marcelo Bielsa is huge because he makes the players much, much better", said Guardiola early past year as Pochettino sang a similar tune saying, "Of course he's a great coach".

"I am disappointed we are still waiting for the new stadium when the expectation was to be there at the beginning of the season", he said.

The Manchester City manager, whose side face Spurs on Monday night at Wembley, made the remark after his team won 1-0 win against Chelsea in September previous year before Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino branded the comments "disrepectful".

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Spurs may be outside of the top four after nine games, but they have won seven times and this is the best start the club have made to a Premier League season. "It's unusual because my feeling is the worst feeling I've had in the five years that I've been here".

He said: "I think it is quite similar, the rhythm, to last season, more or less".

Given the tightness in points at the top of the table, Guardiola also sees this as a game City can ill afford to lose.

Pep Guardiola admits he was wrong to refer to Tottenham as "the Harry Kane team".

"Many things happened in the summer, there are many things that make myself not in my best mood or humour". The Citizens could become the first non-London side to win five consecutive Premier League games in the capital.

"The reality is what we've done a year ago you have to be focused on everyone".

Tottenham are approaching the busy autumn and winter period with a smaller squad compared to the other big teams in the Premier League, but Pochettino feels he has the players to cope with the mounting fixture list. Going by that metric, Benjamin Mendy is the most risky player City have, with the left-back (who actually plays as more of a left winger) having assisted five goals this season.

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